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Sunday, 22 March 2015 21:14 By Flavia Nassaka
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At the weekly press conference at the Democratic Party (DP) headquarters in Kampala, Samuel Lubega showed up after a long time.  He took some party faithful by surprise because he had left on a bad note in 2011.

He had then defied the DP delegates’ conference by standing against Nobert Mao who the party had fronted as its presidential candidate in the 2011 race.

Clad in a green suit, and looking composed, Lubega said: “I have come back home to make peace and am representing the faction that boycotted the Mbale conference in 2010 on grounds of constitutional contradictions”. He said he is convinced that this time, the amendments are to be made.

 
Sunday, 22 March 2015 21:07 By Patrick Kagenda
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Following UPC party president Olara Otunnu’s announcement that he would not offer himself for election to a second term of office, the party has started reorganising itself for his departure.

Since Otunnu, in announcing his impending departure, had said he is willing to talk to the rival faction led by former party national chairman Edward Rurangaranga backed by Jimmy Akena and David Pukol to have the party up and running again, party leaders are working on that. The Rurangaranga faction went to court accusing Otunnu of running the party without functioning organs that include the National Council and the delegates’ conference.

Under the UPC constitution, the national council is the apex body that approves programmes for grassroots elections and the delegate’s conference. The court slapped an injunction on the party that has frozen all its activities.

 
Sunday, 22 March 2015 20:25 By Edgar Tushabe Muhairwe
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FDC Secretary General Alice Alaso, speaks at the launch of the policy agenda at Nakivubo stadium on March 9. INDEPENDENT/JIMMY SIYAWhen the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) launched its Policy Agenda on March 9at the Kampala Serena International Conference Centre, tongues started wagging at the brand the party had become.

Many analysts said they admired the new “method of work” and predicted that it could be a game changer in the politics of the country. Some party members, however, were unhappy about the organisation of the conference. Soon the Policy Agenda launch became yet another battleground for the “I follow Besigye” and the “I follow Muntu” camps in the party.

As people exited the hall, an elderly man we have not identified was overheard grumbling about how, Kizza Besigye, the former party president, who up to this day is seen as the father of the party was not given chance to speak.

 
Sunday, 15 March 2015 22:13 By Edgar Tushabe Muhairwe
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Opposition party needs Shs1 billion for grassroots campaign

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change President, Mugisha Muntu is traversing western Uganda in preparation for his party’s grassroots elections. But there appears to be a problem. No money.

On Feb. 03, John Kikonyogo, the party’s spokesperson while addressing journalists  at the weekly party media briefing hinted that the party plans to use Shs1 billion on its grassroots campaign for the Delegates Conference.

The party needs money to run grassroots’ campaigns, organise workshops, and hold rallies and any other activities. It sometimes depends on non cash assistance from its members for office space, fuel, public address systems, and vehicles for the parties programmes.

 
Sunday, 15 March 2015 22:11 By Ronald Musoke & Flavia Nassaka
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Exactly a week after Norbert Mao announced his leave from office, one would have expected Mathias Nsubuga, the party’s Secretary General, and John Baptist Kawanga, the national vice president—the two men Mao chose to stand in for him while he recuperates— to immediately address and show the party supporters that all is well in DP.

Instead, the men missed the opportunity and have allowed more speculation that something fishy within the DP hierarchy is going on.

This was given more credence at the weekly press conference held on Mar.03 at the party headquarters in Kampala.

 

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